White Chocolate Candy Corn Popcorn is the most addicting and easiest snack mix you will ever make! Only three ingredients and takes less than 10 minutes to make. All you need is a microwave!
“This is so good, it’s bad.” That’s what my Bible study leader, Sara said as she held the bowl of popcorn out to the other girls, convincing them to eat some popcorn. That may sound terrible, but it’s true! This white chocolate candy corn popcorn mix is SUPER addicting and delicious! Plus, it’s only three ingredients and no-bake, making this so, SO easy to whip up for last minute halloween parties and get-togethers.
PLUS, a recipe that is just three ingredients and takes less than ten minutes to make is a win all around. I’ve got homework to do, people! And it’s not like life gets any less busy after school ends- I know you all have jobs, kids, pets, relationships, and whatever else to do. Ain’t nobody got time for complicated recipes!
Here’s the down low: we pop a bag of popcorn. I used store brand “natural style” popcorn (For you east-coasters, the specific brand was Giant/Martins). Next we melt a 12 oz bag of white chocolate candy melts. I used Ghirardelli, but only because that’s all that was available at my grocery store, and toss in a cup of candy corn. I used the “autumn mix” variety with the little pumpkins for variety, but use whatever you prefer. Just mix ’em all up and you’ve got yourself the easiest snack at the party!
Have any of you heard of NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month? If you haven’t, it’s basically an event where the goal is to write a 50,000 word novel in one month. The point is to get you to write, and not worry about editing or going back and changing things. You write the novel, get it done, then go back and edit.
My roommate Lily and our friend Courtney are participating this month- they’re both English Writing majors and are both VERY excited. (They’ve been planning since the beginning of October!) As someone who has tried (and failed) a few times at NaNo, I know how stressful it can be. So I decided to be a supportive friend and make them “NaNoWriMo Survival Kits” full of K-cups, raisins, cookies, and homemade granola!
Now, I’ve never even had store-bought granola before, so I wouldn’t even know where to start for homemade granola beyond using oats. So I used a base recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction and adapted it to suit my needs. Since these girls are going to be writing nearly 2,000 words a day in addition to preparing for finals and writing papers (writers are CRAZY I tell you!), they’re going to need granola that can help power their brains! I also adapted the recipe to suit my baking needs- I forgot to buy oil, so I doubled the honey. Almonds were a bit pricy, so I threw in some peanuts thatI already had on my shelf. I added pumpkin seeds, which are great for stimulating your brain, and I mixed in blueberry infused craisins instead of raisins. I also added some apple pie spice, which includes cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg. You can read about more foods good for your brain here and here.
This can be gluten free if you use certified gluten free oats, and agave can be substituted for the honey to make the granola vegan. (as well as using all dry roasted peanuts rather than part honey-roasted.)
This is perfect to make if you plan writing a novel this month, or for your friends or kids who are gearing up for the end of the semester (one month left! Where did the time go…?). Or just for yourself to snack on- with all these sweets around here, we need something to balance everything out!
Simple granola that is jam-packed with healthier options that are good for your brain! (Disclaimer: I am not a doctor nor a dietician. I have simply researched foods that are good for your brain and for your body. Sources are provided in the post.)
3 cups rolled oats
½ cup honey roasted peanuts
½ cup dry roasted peanuts
½ cup quinoa
2 teaspoons apple pie spice
1 teaspoon cinnamon/sugar
½ cup pumpkin seeds
1 small-medium apple, diced
⅔ cup honey
½ cup unsweetened applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup craisins (not pictured)
Preheat oven to 325˚.
In a large bowl, mix together oats, peanuts, quinoa, apple pie spice, and cinnamon sugar. Mix in diced apple.
In a small bowl, mix together honey, applesauce, vanilla extract, and sugar.
Pour over dry ingredients and mix together gently until everything is moistened.
Pour over two baking sheets and bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 10-15 minutes to prevent burning and to make sure everything is toasting evenly.
Once baked, let granola cool on baking sheets for 20 minutes- this is what makes it crunchy! Mix in craisins.
Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks.
Chex cereal coated in a chocolate caramel sauce and powdered sugar, mixed with peanuts and caramel bits. A family favorite!
Before anyone freaks out, this is not dog food! It’s chocolate deliciousness coated chex cereal- not suitable for dogs at all.
Puppy Chow (Or Muddy Buddies, whatever you prefer to call this) was always a staple at youth group retreats growing up. And while I loved the traditional chocolate peanut butter version, after seeing all the other different versions over the internet, I was inspired to create my own unique flavor.
Enter snickers bars. One of my favorite candy bars, and certainty one of the most addicting, why not use it to create a puppy chow flavor? Like mini snickers bars, this puppy chow is dangerously addicting! It won’t last long in your house. My dad told me to hide it so he wouldn’t keep snacking on it!
Instead of mixing chocolate and peanut butter together, we mix chocolate and caramel- another delicious combination! We’ll add some butter and milk to help the chocolate chips melt. Carefully (in a VERY large bowl!) pour the mixture over chex cereal, and stir, being sure not to crush the cereal. Then comes the best part- pour the cereal into a gallon zip-top bag, add powdered sugar, and shake until all the cereal is covered. Mix in chopped caramels and peanuts and you’re done!
It’s so easy and so addicting- perfect for beach trip snacks, movie nights, or really any time you need an easy, chocolatey- snack.
Chex cereal covered in chocolate and caramel, mixed with peanuts and caramel bits.
6 C Chex Cereal (1 11-2 oz box)
2 C Chocolate Chips
¼ C caramel sauce
½ C Milk
1 tbs butter
2 c confectioners sugar
1 C peanuts
1 C chopped Caramels
Measure out cereal in a large bow. Set aside.
In a medium saucepan mix together butter and milk. When butter is melted add in chocolate chips and stir until melted and smooth. Add more milk of nessescary. Mix in caramel sauce. Immediately pour over cereal. Carefully mix to cover all cereal.
Pour into a gallon zip-top bag. Add sugar and shake until covered.
I realize I’m fairly behind on this popcorn snack mix trend. But I just really wanted to make this!
I’ve been craving popcorn practically all week, and I decided to make some. While we have an air popcorn maker, I wanted more than just plain popped kernels. I wanted a popcorn coated in chocolate and caramel-y goodness.
A few weeks ago, Dorothy at CrazyforCrust make oreo peanut butter. I made a smaller batch and coated the popcorn in oreo butter, as well as melted caramel creams. I admit, a lot of the reason for using caramel was to use up the caramel creams leftover from Monday’s stuffed cookies.
Honestly, this popcorn craving is really weird for me. I normally never want popcorn- I hardly even like it! I think it’s all the time I’ve been spending in movie theaters It’s weird; once I started dating Brian and he started paying for my movies, I’ve been seeing a lot more movies!
While I’m not much of a popcorn eater, I do really enjoy this popcorn. So does my dad- he can’t get enough. Every night when he comes home from work he snacks on some, and after the shoot for these pictures, I kept snacking on them because the bowl was next to me. That normally never happens- I take the pictures, eat a little bit of the food (a cookie or two), and the food gets put away to take to church or for my parents to eat. Not this time!
This is a super simple recipe, too- the hardest part is the oreo cookie butter. Simply blend peanuts in your food processor and add some crunched up oreo cookies. Melt the caramel creams in your microwave and pour over the popcorn, but be very, very, careful. Melted caramel is very hot and you could burn yourself- I have the marks on my fingers to prove it! You must work quickly and carefully here before the caramel hardens.
1 bag popcorn (with as little butter as possible; I used low-fat butter flavor)
1 C cocktail peanuts
5 oreo cookies (I cheated and used target store brand)
20 caramel creams
1 tbs heavy cream
Pop the popcorn according to package directions.
Blend the peanuts in a food processor until smooth and creamy. Add the Oreos, breaking them in half so they blend faster. Blend until smooth and combined.
In a microwave safe bowl, melt the caramels in 30 second increments, stirring between. When completely melted, stir in the cream.
Pour caramel over the popcorn and carefully stir so the popcorn is evenly coated. Add the oreo butter.
Let chill so the peanut butter sets up (if desired) or serve immediately.